Building 10$ --> $500 (NL2-NL20)

    • Berzerekki
      Berzerekki
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      Hi all!
      This is my first post to english pokerstrategy forum. Like some knows that finnish pokerstrategy site was closed for some stupid laws??? i decided to post here. I know that my english is not good even though i've studied it in school for many years. :D

      Im 22-years old and i live in Finland in city called Turku. I study physics at university of Turku (1st year), and playing some poker to build my bankroll and hoping that someday i would make a little pocketmoney from it. I've played over a year at different sites for tournaments, SnG's, cash and zooms. NL5-NL20. My biggest cashout was last year at Grand Casino Helsinki from 50€ freezeout tournament: 4th ~682€.

      Now im starting a new project. Im trying to build my 10$ bankroll at pokerstars and hoping to learn (more) from poker. Im trying to keep this blog active, but i have so much to do at school and in personal life. Im trying to get 10$ --> 50$ at the end of the year.

      Why 500$?
      I've tried this thing before and most of finns know that i reached over 180$ in 2 months, but quickly i had a HUGE downswing back to 20$. I realized that somewhere is a huge leak what im doing. My HM2 showed my negative ev everytime, lost huge pots with really weak hands, tilting easily.. etc.
      SO, im trying to build my bankroll again starting at the bottom NL2 cash games. I know the roll is too small even for NL2, and propably im depositing more. But now, getting something to eat and then starting to play :f_biggrin:

      Stay tuned!
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    • gadget51
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      Hi there Berzerekki and welcome to blogging and the to English community of course!

      Ok, first I'd like to point out your English is very good. I understood all of your introduction very well.

      Secondly, if you're starting to play with such a small bankroll, have you considered playing Short Stack Strategy(SSS) or Mid-Stack Strategy(MSS)? It may save you having to depsoit even though it may take a little longer to get to your target $50.
      The link tot he strategies is here:

      http://www.pokerstrategy.com/strategy/sss/

      It's up to you of course and it's only a suggestion. Maybe I should just suggest you run really really hot and get there by next week. :s_cool:

      Anyway, good luck with your challenge and make sure it stays fun!


      Mal.
    • Berzerekki
      Berzerekki
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      Originally posted by gadget51
      Hi there Berzerekki and welcome to blogging and the to English community of course!

      Ok, first I'd like to point out your English is very good. I understood all of your introduction very well.

      Secondly, if you're starting to play with such a small bankroll, have you considered playing Short Stack Strategy(SSS) or Mid-Stack Strategy(MSS)? It may save you having to depsoit even though it may take a little longer to get to your target $50.
      The link tot he strategies is here:

      http://www.pokerstrategy.com/strategy/sss/

      It's up to you of course and it's only a suggestion. Maybe I should just suggest you run really really hot and get there by next week. :s_cool:

      Anyway, good luck with your challenge and make sure it stays fun!


      Mal.
      Yeah, i should read those articles before starting the project. Im just waiting my money from iPoker and be ready to transfer funds back to pokerstars. Found out that iPoker- net is really quiet place for cash games. :s_confused: Im just paranoid with pokerstars for some reason.. o.O
      I know poker terms in Finnish, but correct me if my English terms are wrong etc.. ^^
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Best of luck to you!
    • Berzerekki
      Berzerekki
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      Hello again!
      It's been few days after starting the project. I've been playing 4-5 tables NL2 cash games and my bankroll is now $14,84!. There has been few setbacks... Losing pairs against aces. But thats normal. I feel real confident about my playing at the NL2 stakes. Normally i've been playing in NL5-10 but with this kind of starting roll. I have to stat at the bottom.

      Im going to post some graphs and important hands here as soon as possible. So i think it's much nicer to follow up what's going on. (For me example :D ). Im doing this blog for me. Im not sure if anyone even reads this, but its kind of a process to learn when im writing things up. :f_biggrin:

      Im going to earn 20$ in this month. I have 2 weeks left and i have lots of stuff to do. (Like attending to university parties, seeing friends around Finland etc.. =D) Ofcourse im taking my laptop with me so i can keep reaching for my destination at poker.

      I wish to you all a very pleasant week and gl for games!
      Stay tuned!
    • gadget51
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      You've won nearly half your bankroll already!? good work so far then! :s_evil:

      Don't forget to post any hands that made you stop and go, hmmmmm in ourhand evaluation forums for the experts to keep you on the right track and going up!

      http://www.pokerstrategy.com/forum/board.php?boardid=1387

      Have fun at the parties by the way, but don't play after them!

      Regards,

      Mal.
    • Berzerekki
      Berzerekki
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      Originally posted by gadget51
      You've won nearly half your bankroll already!? good work so far then! :s_evil:

      Don't forget to post any hands that made you stop and go, hmmmmm in ourhand evaluation forums for the experts to keep you on the right track and going up!

      http://www.pokerstrategy.com/forum/board.php?boardid=1387

      Have fun at the parties by the way, but don't play after them!

      Regards,

      Mal.
      I sure do :) Just a quick peek for my roll now. I played 1 hour cash games today! I hope im not crashing too low.



      :s_cool:
    • Berzerekki
      Berzerekki
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      13.11.2013

      Im trying to keep this blog up. Today i played about 4 hours NL2 and i managed to get my roll up to $24,41 !! Im in a huge upswing atm. Well i got few bad beats and stopped playing for 30-60mins.

      Tomorrow, my goal is to reach $30 and maybe trying NL5 table. I think im going to go trough NL5 after i reach $50.

      Well im going to be a dull today and i have lots stuff to do tomorrow :)
      Im keeping updating this much more: telling about myself as a poker player, how i am playing, what kind of hands im playing and some analyzes about hands. :f_biggrin:
    • Berzerekki
      Berzerekki
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      Ciao,

      Nothing today, i played about 4 hours 6 tables NL2, got my bankroll up to $28,73,about 2,5Bins which is nice. I lost couple of hands kings vs aces, but its standard to go broke with KK. Well, tomorrow is a new day. :tongue:

      Hope i'll get 3-4Buy-ins tomorrow and break the $30 limit :)

      Im super busy with school atm. Im studying physics, mathematics and chemistry. Im sooo bad at linear algebra and im stressed out that im not going to pass the course. Well, i spend my days at university and about 3-4 hours sitting on a computer and playing poker. Im trying to start gym but the gym cards is a little expensive for a student. (50€/semester). Well i have to earn it playing poker ;)


      Good night,
      i'll hope cards run well tomorrow. :f_cool:
    • NutzAreOk
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      Nice to see you too here from Finnish community. :f_thumbsup:

      Hopefully you can climb levels soon and reach your goal. Gl!!!
    • Berzerekki
      Berzerekki
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      16.11.13 Saturday

      Huaaah, last 2 days were major downshift. I reached over $32, but then i came crushing down.. over 6Bins. I reviewed my hands and there was basic AK/AA vs A8,sets, so there's nothing much i can do. Now my roll is $20,17, i played for change a few SnG's, $1.50 and i reached for few final table. I played "like in the book": tigh/aggressive strategy. I managed to double up in the middle of the tournaments and reached final table finally busting out for 4th or 5rd place.. -__- cashing out double the buy in.

      Today, im going to try a new perspective of cash games. Trying to tightened strategy, i played a little loose at loose/aggressive table.

      Here is one of the hands yesterdays sessions..

      I dont have much information about the villains. about 40 hands behind. SB: VPIP: 43 PFR: 32 3-BET: 0 WTSD: 33

      MP3: Is the same that sb but 3-bet is 33,3 and is playing loose.
      I think i should 3-bet from the button. But i just call..
      At the flop i just call, because i have the position and MP3 is c-betting at any hand.
      What do you guys think?


      Poker Stars, $0.01/$0.02 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 8 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (BTN): $2.44 (122 bb)
      SB: $2.65 (132.5 bb)
      BB: $5.03 (251.5 bb)
      UTG+2: $0.80 (40 bb)
      MP1: $0.86 (43 bb)
      MP2: $2.03 (101.5 bb)
      MP3: $2.02 (101 bb)
      CO: $1.76 (88 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with K J
      3 folds, MP3 raises to $0.06, CO folds, Hero calls $0.06, SB calls $0.05, BB folds

      Flop: ($0.20) 4 T K (3 players)
      SB checks, MP3 bets $0.12, Hero calls $0.12, SB calls $0.12

      Turn: ($0.56) 3 (3 players)
      SB checks, MP3 checks, Hero bets $0.30, SB calls $0.30, MP3 folds

      River: ($1.16) 2 (2 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $0.56, SB raises to $2.17 and is all-in, Hero calls $1.40 and is all-in

      Results:
      $5.08 pot ($0.18 rake)
      Final Board: 4 T K 3 2
      Hero showed K J and lost (-$2.44 net)
      SB showed 4 3 and won $4.90 ($2.46 net)
    • Berzerekki
      Berzerekki
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      Ps. Im playing atm $1,50 SnG's.

      Lost just over half of stack with hand KK vs Q2o, calls my raise under 10BB at blinds and flopped two pair. wtf is happening. :D